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Re: Inspiring
Max The Magnificent   12/7/2016 10:24:48 AM
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@rpdmallett: It's fantastic!  Can't wait to see it when next going past Cambridge...

That's exactly the way I feel!

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rpdmallett   12/6/2016 2:51:23 PM
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As someone who grew up in the years when the 6502 & Z80 were dominant in the home computing market, and having to 'only' debug hardware running at a few MHz rather than the GHz of these days, it's great to see someone bringing what some people see as 'magic' down to a level that almost anyone can understand.

Those flashing lights can all be explained as the simple application of logic circuits, doing very mundane things very quickly.  Without this kind of creation, most people have no idea what a computer is really doing.

This visual way of seeing how a computer works will hopefully inspire the computer & hardware engineers of the future.  For too long this key area of knowledge has been far too difficult to teach or get to grips with.

It's fantastic!  Can't wait to see it when next going past Cambridge, with all my kids in tow...

Richard

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Re: Long, long ago in a Galaxy far, far away
Clive"Max"Maxfield   12/2/2016 7:57:32 PM
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@GoFor: Strongly reminds me of a trip many years ago to IBM in New York. We got to see the then unnamed 360 product line in "bread board" stage. Many large 6 x 5 ft. panels with miles of wire and components...

Very cool memory -- I wish I could have seen that

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Long, long ago in a Galaxy far, far away
Gofor   12/2/2016 7:53:09 PM
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Strongly reminds me of a trip many years ago to IBM in New York. We got to see the then unnamed 360 product line in "bread board" stage. Many large 6 x 5 ft. panels with miles of wire and components. At least by then they were using mostly ICs.

Saw rudimentary CRT displays with keyboards being used to run diagnostics. All Star Wars level technologies for this want'abe computer nerd long before Star Wars. There was a whole host of technicians and engineers feeding and caring for the beast. Can't imagine a single (key word?) person doing something similar even a the 8080 level.

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Re: Easy to debug the design
antedeluvian   12/2/2016 6:54:45 PM
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Max

It never fails to amaze me that, no matter what the topic, it always turns out that you've posted an article about it somewhere

No wonder I am having trouble finding subjects to blog about!

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Re: Easy to debug the design
Max The Magnificent   12/2/2016 2:59:21 PM
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@Antedeluvian: ...Could this have helped? Trace Signals From Behind Closed Doors

It never fails to amaze me that, no matter what the topic, it always turns out that you've posted an article about it somewhere LOL

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Re: Easy to debug the design
antedeluvian   12/1/2016 8:42:10 PM
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James

The leads on my scope probes just aren't long enough to span the 10m machine.

Could this have helped?

Trace Signals From Behind Closed Doors

 

 

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Re: Miniaturization
RoweBots1   12/1/2016 7:08:06 PM
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@rcurl  LOL, I'm betting that mcus already exceed the performance of this machine - all in a 5mmx5mmx1.5mm package or so.  I only speculate - no performance information.

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Re: Why don't you build a Yacht out of toothpicks?
realjjj   12/1/2016 7:01:58 PM
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There is an article in what he is saying, some folks like to build/invent things that serve a purpose in their free time while others prefer to levitate towards art. Why is that and how are they different.

To some extent it can appear that it is a waste of time and resources not to build something useful. There is a lot of unexploited creativity in this world and I often wonder how to better put it to good use. For example, one could spend time on a crowdsourcing platform helping others build something new instead of building "pointless" toys.

The pointless toys are ofc art and it has value even if some might not accept that.

It would be an interesting topic for an article.

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Re: Easy to debug the design
Megaprocessor   12/1/2016 6:41:33 PM
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In many ways being able to actually physically climb into the machine did help with debugging. But not with timing issues. The leads on my scope probes just aren't long enough to span the 10m machine.

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